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Center for Music and Worship in the Black Church founded


Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
January-February 2016

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is founding The Center for Music and Worship in the Black Church Experience. The center will provide training in the sacred music of the Black church and beyond to musicians and worship leaders for the enrichment of congregational worship in diverse contexts.

Courses will be designed to recreate and revitalize the distinctive musical and liturgical heritage found in Black church contexts; strengthen the spiritual formation and leadership skills of full-time and volunteer worship staff in Black churches and other faith communities; and recover and preserve the rich musical and liturgical heritage found in the Black church worship.

The Rev. Cynthia A. Wilson, assistant vice president of student life, dean of students, and Garrett-Evangelical alumna, will serve as director of the center. "While the primary focal point will be music and worship practices that reflect the ethos and pathos of Africana church music and worship, (through) the course offerings, and performance opportunities, the center will stand as a place of preparation and learning for all peoples," said Wilson.

The Center for Music and Worship in the Black Church Experience will collaborate with The Center for the Church and the Black Experience, an academic initiative at Garrett-Evangelical focusing on church life as experienced by Black people, as well as the Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century office at Discipleship Ministries.

More information on the center and its programs will be available in late Spring 2016.

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary